What it Really Means to be a Professional Bassist and How Relevant Can This Be?

This article is definitely worth a read for anybody who is unsure as to what being a professional is, after all, it encompasses more than it’s dictionary definition:

http://bassmusicianmagazine.com/2011/04/what-it-really-means-to-be-a-professional-bassist-and-how-relevant-can-this-be/

By Igor Saavedra

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Eric Garland: How to be a Professional Bassist

This playlist is one of my favourites, regardless of how obvious or simplistic it may seem. Not only does it provide useful information from an actual working professional, but it explains how one is not required to become an amazing ‘flashy’ bass player to become successful in terms of a career in music. I am grateful that he has made these videos, as it is this kind of information that needs to be shown to beginners as well as those (such as myself) who remain in awe, unnecessarily, at other bass players. The most valuable lesson I think can be learned from this?

‘As a bass player, we are there to solve problems, to provide support and to add no problems of our own.’ – Eric Garland

Victor Wooten: Music as a Language

‘Music is a powerful communication tool–it causes us to laugh, cry, think and question. Bassist and five-time Grammy winner, Victor Wooten, asks us to approach music the same way we learn verbal language–by embracing mistakes and playing as often as possible.’ – ed.ted.com

I absolutely love this! I feel the need to transcribe it though, so I can really take in what he’s saying without being distracted by the wonder of Victor’s rendition of ‘Amazing Grace’. These ideas aren’t as new as they seem, as similar concepts can be seen in the works of Dalcroze and Kodály, as discussed in the section on my dissertation. It does, however, provide a truly amazing approach to learning and teaching which I believe is not emphasised enough in the world of music education.